The University of Cincinnati Bearcats and the North State Wolfpack have two of the great mascots in college sports and these two schools will put their fighting animal mascots to the test on Thursday night when they meet in a college football betting matchup on the grid-iron.
These two institutions are well known for their prowess on the hard word but in recent years the Bearcats have also been making a name for themselves in football as this team hung in the top half of the Top 25 polls for most of last season and has produced several NFL prospects.
Kickoff for this Thursday matchup is set for 7:50 Eastern Time and sbgglobal opened with the Wolfpack as a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 54.5
However, much has changed from last season to this season and the team not only lost its star QB in Tony Pike, but also the architect of its success, head coach Brian Kelly, who left to coach Notre Dame. Both of those departures have left huge holes for Cincy to fill and so far the team is still looking to get back to the high level of play it enjoyed a year ago.
The Bearcats are 1-1 after getting blown out by a decent Fresno State (14-28) team in their season opener and then beating up on Indiana State (40-7) last week. The high powered offense of last season has failed to find its footing so far this season and is averaging just 313.5 yards per game.
But that might be enough for this Big East to get past its ACC opponent.
The Wolfpack has been a bad football team for many years but after a perfect 2-0 start to the season the NC State campus is awash with optimism. It knocked off minnow Western Carolina in the season opener (48-7) and even managed to score a meaningful win over the University of Central Florida last week (28-21) for a perfect start to NCAA football betting action.
The offense has been up and down so far this season and it nearly blew a comfortable 28-7 lead last week in Orlando. Jr QB Russell Wilson had a rotten day finishing just 10-30 for 105 yards. That kind of performance against Cincy will end in a certain loss.
Look for Cincy to win this sports betting matchup on the road.